The Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo says the latest outbreak of Ebola has become the worst in the history of the recorded disease in the country with 319 confirmed and probable cases.
On Friday, the ministry said a deadly virus had died around 198 people since an outbreak on Aug. 1 in the volatile east. Among the dead there were 163 confirmed cases of Ebola, with 35 probable fatal cases.
This is the 10th outbreak of DRC since 1976, when the hemorrhagic fever was first detected in Yambuk.
Minister of Health dr. Ilija Kalunga said that the numbers exceed this outbreak. He said that no other epidemic is so complicated.
Armed groups struggling to control the DRC's rich mineral wealth have regularly attacked Ituri and North Kivu in the DRC, making it difficult for health officials to respond, who also meet the resilience of the community.